1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die

1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die

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by Frances Case, Gregg Wallace
     
 
From single press extra-virgin olive oils and artisanal cheeses to more exotic fare such as zebra jerky, this compilation is a cornucopia of culinary delicacies from every cuisine around the globe. Featuring luscious photographs and descriptions of must-eat foods from sweet to savory, this culinary gazetteer of the world offers expert guidance on how to really eat

Overview

From single press extra-virgin olive oils and artisanal cheeses to more exotic fare such as zebra jerky, this compilation is a cornucopia of culinary delicacies from every cuisine around the globe. Featuring luscious photographs and descriptions of must-eat foods from sweet to savory, this culinary gazetteer of the world offers expert guidance on how to really eat like a local when in Rome or how to find the most authentic Peking duck when visiting Beijing. Any foodie will delight at the fact-filled descriptions and marginalia and sidebars bursting with culinary history and trivia. Whether looking for the "must-taste treats" to seek out on your next vacation or inspiration for a romantic dinner for two, this compendium is sure to be a source of gourmet inspiration, certain to expand even an experienced epicure’s mental grocery list. The book is divided into sections based on food type (meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, sweets and confections, etc). Included are classics as well as delicacies little known outside their home turf. Each entry features authoritative yet opinionated descriptions as well as anecdotes about the producers or the region ensuring that this book will have wide appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…an adventure of delicious discoveries…ranging from the expected…to the exotic...This book will make readers want to travel the world.” ~San Francisco Chronicle

"It's a tantalizing concept—a visual encyclopedia of global flavors worth scouting." ~Associated Press

"With good color photos of every single item, this book is both fun to flip through and a serious reference guide. A perfect gift for the foodie." ~Thenibble.com

“It’s the ultimate to-do list for foodies.” ~The Wichita Eagle

A well-stocked imagination is part of every good foodie's mental pantry. Interest in world cuisine is stoked by our healthy epicurean realization that great tastes can't be restricted to just local standard fare. In 1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die, the editors of Universe sharpen and challenge our test buds by introducing us to more than a thousand exotic delicacies that are rarely seen in even famous American restaurants. By the evidence of this impressive holiday season gift book, the editors spanned the globe to discover specialties and treats from other cuisines.
Library Journal

The latest entries in the series aim to entertain as well as provoke discussion and controversy. A variety of international food/wine writers contributed to both books. Becket (editor, The World of Fine Wine magazine) organizes chapters in 1001 Wines by red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines, listing entries alphabetically by producer. Both vintage and nonvintage wines are included. Advice is given on whether to drink specific wines now and how long the wines should age. The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors' favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive.

In 1001 Foods, London-based food journalist Case covers a wide variety-from meats, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts to condiments and aromatics, from the everyday to the rare and exotic. Each essay includes a description of the expected taste. If necessary, the entry will inform the reader whether the item is rare or endangered. Overall, both books are fun to read, with descriptive writing and excellent photography. They are meant to be enjoyed, not necessarily read cover to cover but skimmed or read selectively. These aren't essential for public libraries, but the other books in the series are widely held.
—Kimberly Bartosz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789315922
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
The 1001 Series
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.60(d)

Meet the Author

Frances Case writes about food for numerous publications including Britain’s esteemed daily The Guardian and also contributes to radio and television. Based in London, she has traveled to and researched the culinary scenes of over 20 cities around the world.

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1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KansasDon More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am a big time foody and love learning about new and interesting things from the world of food. This book has it all! The photography is great and the text very interesting. I highly recommend it for those interested in what people are eating around the world.
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swimmerNYC More than 1 year ago
A really good introduction to the world of fine foods, even if there is no budget or environmental concerns to be accounted for. Which there are many. Great pictures but they cry out for explanation- especially in the third world, like the "palm oil plantation." You would also have lived a rich life if you tasted just a portion of the 1001 foods offered.